14/05/1993 - Japan - Ensemble Contrechamps
[...] Michael Jarrell also skilfully uses the glittering timbres and harmonic entanglements in Eco II b (a variant of Eco II for voice and ensemble, itself derived from Eco for voice and piano. It eloquently renders the mystical elans of a sonnet by the 16th-century Spanish poet and ecclesiastic Luis de Gongora. The music translates the poem's erratic, desolate spirit and, with its slowed tempo, preserves the secret of this wandering. The beauty of the instrumental correspondences provides Françoise Kubler's voice with an ideal, sensual transparency that evolves, from the second to third strophes, towards a strange, brief spoken and scanned moment. Here, as in the previous piece, the initial equilibrium is re-established in the work's conclusion.
Extract from CD booklet Eco (Accord)
Descaminado, enfermo, péregrino
en tenebrosa noche, con pie incierto
la confusion pisando del desertio,
voces en vano dio, pasos sin tino.
Repetido latir, si no vecino,
Distincto oyo de can simpre despierto,
Y en pastoral albergue mal cubierto
Piedad hallo, si no hallo camino.
Salio el sol, y entre arminos escondida,
sonolienta beldad con dulce sana
salteo al no bien sano pasajero.
Pagara et hospedaje con la vida,
mas le valiera errar en la montana,
que morir de la suerte que yo muero.
Luis de Gongora,
Extract from the collection 13 Sonnets and a fragment, 1594
Editions La Dogana, Geneva
Disoriented, sick pilgrim
In the dark night with an inexpert step,
Pacing the disorder of the desert,
He long wandered and called in vain.
He heard the repeated, if not close by,
barking of a dog whose eye was always open
And beneath a sorry, pastoral cover,
Found pity for lack of a path.
Then came the sun, and veiled with ermine,
Sleepy beauty in tender frenzy
Assailed the ever-weak traveller.
He will pay his board and lodging with his life:
It would have been better to wander in the mountains
Than to die in the way I am dying.
(Translated from the French)
1 CD Accord, Eco
Assonance III - Eco IIb - Aus bebung - Trei II - Essaims-cribles
Ensemble Accroche Note, Jean-Philippe Wurtz
Born in Geneva in 1958, Michael Jarrell studied composition at the Geneva Conservatory with Eric Gaudibert and at various workshops in the United States (Tanglewood, 1979). He completed his training with Klaus Huber at the Freiburg Staatliche Hochschule für Musik im Brisgau. [...]